Remember when American Horror Story: Roanoke pulled back the curtain during Lee’s (Adina Porter) emotional studio interview in “Chapter Three?” It was the first glimpse we had of the reality TV production behind My Roanoke Nightmare, the supernatural series at the center of the action this season. The tense, “unscripted” moment revealed a voice, likely a producer (played by Cheyenne Jackson), pressing Lee to reveal more private information.
Well, now that My Roanoke Nightmare has wrapped, it’s time for the real fun to begin on American Horror Story. In the promo for next week’s episode (“Chapter Six”), we see Jackson’s producer heading into some sort of conference, telling his cameraman, “The camera never stops, no matter what anyone says — even if I tell you to stop, you keep rolling.”
Clearly, this is setting things up for the big reveal in “Chapter Six.” Ryan Murphy has been teasing a game-changing twist in Episode 6 since the season started, and we’re guessing it has something to do with Jackson’s character. With the focus now on the production crew — and possibly even the cast — we wonder where AHS goes from here.
Does the producer want the cast and crew to go to the haunted mansion in rural North Carolina for a follow-up special? Will the second half of the season turn into a found-footage style documentary à la The Blair Witch Project? AHS has never ventured into the found-footage genre before, so this makes for a stylistically compelling twist.
As for how all of our favorite actors factor into this twist, well, it’s a little unclear. But we know that’s definitely not the last we’ve seen of Evan Peters. Not to mention, a few weeks ago, Jackson posted a suspicious photo of him and Kathy Bates (technically, it was their chairs) from the set of Roanoke. This means the producer and the woman playing The Butcher were filming together at some point this season.
It also sounds like whatever this producer is up to, it’s morally ambiguous. Why else would he tell the cameras to keep rolling no matter what? Perhaps he’s trying to convince the real-life Shelby (Lily Rabe) and Matt (Andre Holland) to return to the mansion during the period known as the Dying Grass Moon. If that’s the case, then it’s possible we’ll meet the real spirits that have haunted the land. Then again, if this is Murphy’s take on Blair Witch, then we know that creepy sound effects and camera tricks go a long way.
TL;DR — “My Roanoke Nightmare” has ended, and “Chapter Six” marks the beginning of the true horror story to come. Whatever the outcome, hopefully this means we’ll get an actual opening title sequence next week.